Edge of Revolution: New Nickelback song features glimpse of PTI rally

Canadian rock band Nickelback released on Friday the full music video for its latest politically-themed single Edge of a Revolution, featuring a short clip of a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) rally among other protests.

Directed by ace song video director Wayne Isham, the video shows the band performing in a dark classroom as filmed images of protests with riot police and posters are projected on a screen behind the musicians.

The music video veteran — who has directed song videos for artistes like Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, KISS, Roxette and Britney Spears —at the end shows the uniformed school children on their feet, pushing over classroom furniture and scattering papers in the air chanting “we want change!”.

The brief clip from the PTI rally shows red and green party flags along with a poster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

 — Screengrab shows band playing in front of screen showing images from PTI rally
 Screengrab shows band playing in front of screen showing images from PTI rally

While the single was released on August 18 as part of the band’s upcoming album No Fixed Address, the full video was released Friday.

Nickelback will release its first album since 2011, reportedly titled No Fixed Address , this fall.

An excerpt of the song lyrics:

Hey, hey, just obey.

Your secret’s safe with the NSA

In God we trust or the CIA?

Standing on the edge of a revolution

(Chorus) No, we won’t give up, we won’t go away

‘Cause we’re not about to live in this mass delusion

No, we don’t wanna hear another word you say

‘Cause we know they’re all depending on mass confusion

No, we can’t turn back, we can’t turn away

‘Cause it’s time we all relied on the last solution

No, we won’t lay down and accept this fate

‘Cause we’re standing on the edge of a revolution

(Chorus ends) What do we want? We want the change

And how’re we gonna get there? Revolution

What do we want? We want the change

Standing on the edge of a revolution

With over 24 days into the PTI’s anti-government protest, these lyrics and the inclusion of the PTI rally clip in the music video seem to be an uncanny coincidence.

 

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Pakistan trust in bowlers to overcome Sri Lanka

ABU DHABI: Pakistan will rely on their strong bowling line-up led by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to tame Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series starting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Tuesday.

Pakistan won the preceding one-day series 3-2 on the back of penetrative bowling and strong batting, but captain Misbah-ul Haq warned that they need to be at their best to beat Sri Lanka in the Tests.

“You have to improve day to day,” said Misbah, who led Pakistan to a 1-1 series draw against world number one South Africa in their last Test series, in the UAE in October.

“The Tests will be a different ball game so we need to stick to the basics, because we know that the Sri Lankans are good in these conditions, and with players like (Kumar) Sangakkara and (Mahela) Jayawardene, they are a dangerous side.

“So we need to play good cricket to win.”Pakistan beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in the UAE in 2011, with Ajmal taking 18 wickets in three Tests while Umar Gul (14 wickets) and Junaid Khan (12) shouldered the burden of the pace attack.

Despite the loss, Sangakkara scored 516 runs including a double century in Abu Dhabi. He and Jayawardene are the stalwarts of the team’s batting.

Sangakkara, a stylish left-hander, was also the star when Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 1-0 at home last year, scoring 490 in three Tests.

By contrast, Pakistan’s batting has been vulnerable and they were dismissed for 49 and 99 this year.

But Mohammad Hafeez’s return to form, with three centuries in the one-dayers against Sri Lanka, and the experience of Younis Khan and Misbah will boost them.

Misbah said the Test series was expected to be close but Pakistan had a slight edge in the bowling.

“We do have a better bowling attack but Sri Lanka also have (Rangana) Herath who is a key bowler for them, so it will be a good contest,” said Misbah of the left-arm spinner who took 25 wickets in the last two series between the two teams.

Herath and senior batsman Jayawardene both missed the one-day series for family reasons.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also aim to give their coaches a winning send-off.

Pakistan’s Dav Whatmore and his Sri Lankan counterpart Graham Ford will leave their jobs after the Test series. Pakistan have not won a Test series since Whatmore joined in March 2012.

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews promised his team will put up a stiff contest.

“With Mahela and Herath back, we will be at full strength in the Tests and we will look to be more competitive,” he said.

“Pakistan have a very strong bowling attack but we have the batsmen to handle them so we must counter-attack and be smart.”Pakistan will not improve on their current fifth-place world

Test ranking even if they win 3-0. But sixth-placed Sri Lanka will replace Pakistan if they win 2-0 or better.

The second Test will be in Dubai starting January 8 and the third will be in Sharjah from January 16.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Talha.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Prasanna Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando.

De Kock shines again but rain washes out third ODI

PRETORIA: Quinton de Kock became the fifth batsman to hit three centuries in three one-day internationals, but persistent rain at Centurion forced the third and final match of the series between South Africa and India to be abandoned on Wednesday.

De Kock followed up his 135 and 106 in the first two games by hitting 101, while AB de Villiers hammered 109 as South Africa posted 301-8.

However the rain swept in during the innings break and the players were unable to take the field for India’s reply, leaving South Africa to settle for a 2-0 series victory.

The 20-year-old De Kock’s innings made him the first wicketkeeper to achieve the feat of three tons in as many games, and also gave him the record for most runs in a three-match bilateral series.

While his first two centuries in the series had been breezy affairs, De Kock faced a more challenging situation on Wednesday after Ishant Sharma (4-40) claimed two early wickets to reduce the hosts to 28-3.

The left-hander dug in admirably alongside his captain De Villiers – and enjoyed some fortune when he was dropped on 37 and 43 – as the pair added 171 for the fourth wicket to put South Africa back in charge.

De Kock passed the 330 runs by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill in a three-match series against England this year, and joined Zaheer Abbas (1982), Saeed Anwar (1993), Herschelle Gibbs (2002) and De Villiers (2010) on the list of batsmen to score three one-day hundreds in a row.

Sharma ended the knock when he bowled De Kock with a slower ball, but he could not stop South Africa from taking 45 runs in the batting powerplay.

De Villiers struck five sixes in his 101-ball innings, and after he was trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav, David Miller took over the six-hitting responsibilities.

Miller struck three sixes in his unbeaten 56 off just 34 deliveries, as a couple of late wickets for Mohammed Shami (3-69) failed to prevent South Africa from reaching the 300-run mark.

That put South Africa in a strong position to record a series whitewash, but the inclement weather ensured it was not afforded the opportunity to do so.

The two teams now turn their attention to the two-match test series, which gets underway at the Wanderers next Wednesday.

All-round Ali, Bhatti spur Pakistan to victory

CAPE TOWN: Debutants Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali spurred Pakistan to victory after their team had been in deep trouble in the first one-day international against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday.

The newcomers shared an eighth wicket stand of 74 to rescue Pakistan from a precarious 131 for seven, then shared five wickets as Pakistan won by 23 runs.

Pakistan made 218 for nine in their 50 overs after winning the toss.

Despite a half-century from returning veteran Jacques Kallis, South Africa were bowled out for 195.

Bhatti (39) and Ali (43 not out) prospered after Pakistan’s recognised batsmen struggled against a strong South African pace attack.

Bhatti, 22, took three for 37 in South Africa’s innings, while Ali, 25, claimed two for 24, including the crucial wicket of Kallis, bowled for 50.

Bhatti and Ali shared the man of the match award and earned high praise from captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

“I am very happy, especially as the two youngsters set it up. The plan was to negotiate the new ball, then accelerate but we kept losing wickets at the wrong time. It was not a good total but the bowlers did really well,” said Misbah.

For the first time since South Africa began their rise to the top of the Test rankings, the hosts fielded all three of their leading fast bowlers – Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel – in the same one-day side.

With Kallis returning for his first one-day international since February 2012, South Africa applied relentless pressure as Pakistan struggled. But Bhatti and Ali, who have both scored first-class centuries despite primarily being picked as bowlers, went for their shots to keep their side in the game.

Steyn took three for 33 and Morkel three for 39, while Philander claimed one for 37.

Bhatti and Ali put on 74 off 70 balls. Bhatti made his 39 off 25 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes, while Ali hit six fours in a 55-ball innings.

“We spoke about batting out the 50 overs,” said Ali.

“We have played together a lot in domestic cricket so that helped.”

South Africa suffered an early blow when Hashim Amla exposed his leg stump and was bowled by Junaid Khan in the third over of their innings.

Graeme Smith followed in the next over, stumped by Umar Akmal off Mohammad Hafeez, although it was a fortuitous dismissal for the wicketkeeper as the ball bounced off his gloves, onto the ground and into the stumps while Smith’s foot was momentarily off the ground.

Kallis and Quinton de Kock put on 42 for the third wicket before De Kock was bowled by Bhatti.

Batting with calm assurance, Kallis reached 50 for the 103rd time in one-day internationals but was then bowled by Ali, edging an in-swinging delivery from Ali off the bottom of his bat into the stumps.

When David Miller edged Ali to Akmal, South Africa were 123 for six.

JP Duminy made 49 before he was caught behind, attempting a reverse sweep against Saeed Ajmal and Bhatti claimed the last two wickets to seal a memorable win for the tourists, who were beaten 4-1 by the same opponents in a recent series in the United Arab Emirates.

“The bowlers did a brilliant job in getting them seven down but we let it slip at the end,” said South African captain AB de Villiers.

Teams:

South Africa: AB de Villiers, (captain), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wkt), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali.

Umpires: Johan Cloete (RSA), Chris Gaffaney (NZL) TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) Match referee: Chris Broad (Z)

Imran contempt case: SC orders PTI chief to resubmit explanation

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday ordered Imran Khan to resubmit his reply before August 28 in a case pertaining to the contempt of court notice issued to the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief and adjourned the hearing to the said date.

Pakistan’s top court had issued a notice to the PTI chief over his “critical and derogatory” remarks against the judiciary and judges of the apex court. It said that Mr Khan apparently had tried to incite hatred against the apex court in one of his interactions with the media.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case today.

During the hearing, Hamid Khan, the counsel for Imran, told the apex court that his client could not even think of committing contempt of court.

Chief Justice Iftikhar asked Hamid whether he had prepared a written response to the contempt of court notice issued against his client.

Hamid submitted a short reply, which said that Khan’s remarks were aimed at the Election Commission of Pakistan and not the Supreme Court.

The bench had termed the counsel’s reply as unsatisfactory and adjourned the hearing to 11:30 am.

Later, in a one-page written response submitted to the apex court, Khan reiterated his earlier stance that his remarks were targeting the ECP and not the judiciary.

The PTI chief, in his reply, stated that 45 days had passed since the May 11 elections and no one from the Election Commission of Pakistan was paying any heed to his complaints regarding failure to conduct free and fair elections.

Khan also mentioned the various struggles he had undertaken during the movement for the restoration of the judiciary.

Afridi urges fans to appreciate Pakistan’s win over Windies

KARACHI: All-rounder Shahid Afridi Thursday urged Pakistan to savour their one-day and Twenty20 wins over the West Indies and forget allegations of fixing.

Pakistan beat the West Indies 3-1 in the five-match one-day series, and clinched both the Twenty20s on the tour which finished on Sunday.

But the wins were clouded by controversy after British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claimed the one-day matches could be investigated by the sport’s international anti-corruption unit.

Asked about the claims, Afridi said: “I don’t know about any allegations, but I would say ‘Savour the win when you have done well and forget any other thing’.”

Team manager Naveed Cheema denied the allegations.

“These are baseless allegations and anyone can investigate,” said Cheema.

“The discipline of the players was exemplary and that showed on the results.”

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal also urged people to give Pakistan credit.

“Sometimes they must appreciate us,” he said. “Why people take our wins lightly and allege strongly is unfathomable.”

Pakistani cricket has an unenviable history of corruption and fixing. Three international players served jail terms in England for arranging no-balls to order during the Lord’s Test of 2010.

Afridi said Pakistan’s wins were much-needed after a lacklustre tour of South Africa and a poor Champions Trophy performance earlier in the year.

Pakistan lost all three Tests and the one-day series 3-2 in South Africa.

They crashed out of the first round of the Trophy after losing all three group matches.

“This win was very much needed after what happened in South Africa and England and I am sure this will go a long way in improving the image of the team and the players,” said Afridi, who became the first batsman to hit 400 international sixes.

Pakistan next tour Zimbabwe in August where they play two T20s, three one-dayers and two Tests.

Pakistan triumph over Windies to clinch T20 series

KINGSTOWN: Pakistan held off a desperate late surge by the West Indies to take the second and final Twenty20 international by 11 runs at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Sunday.

In restricting the hosts to 124 for nine in reply to their total of 135 for seven, the tourists took the series 2-0 and moved up to second in the international rankings behind Sri Lanka.

West Indies, the world T20 champions, dropped to fourth in what was yet another setback following hard on the heels of the 3-1 loss to the Pakistanis in the preceding one-day international series.

“It was a tough tour and credit must be given to everyone associated with the squad for the success that we have enjoyed here,” said a delighted Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, who also played a key role with the ball in dismissing the dangerous but out-of-form Chris Gayle cheaply for the second time in two days.

“When we saw the pitch, we knew, with our four spinners, that any total of 135-140 would have given us a chance, and so it worked out.”

An unbeaten 46 by man of the match Umar Akmal and 44 from opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad paced Pakistan to a total that was always going to be challenging on a slow, turning surface ideally suited to the sub-continental team.

Spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree shared five wickets for the West Indies in what would prove to be an ominous precursor of the task the home side had to face in the quest to get a share of the honours.

After looking dead and buried at 17 for four though, the Caribbean side fought back through the middle of their innings thanks to a battling top score of 35 from Dwayne Bravo and an aggressive 28 from Sunil Narine.

However it was Kieron Pollard who brought the match back to life in a pivotal 17th over bowled by Zulfiqar Babar that featured spectacular hitting before the left-arm spinner effectively decided the fate of the match with two wickets in two balls.

Pollard launched two mighty sixes and drilled two fours off the first four deliveries, further enlivening an already boisterous crowd as they sensed the possibility of a miraculous victory.

But Zulfiqar held his nerve and the big-hitter’s attack could not be sustained.

He sliced a catch to deep cover and off the next delivery, Bravo also swung hopefully to be snared at wide long-off.

After his sensational debut in the first match on Saturday when he took three wickets and then hit a six to win the match off the final ball, Zulfiqar was the deserving man of the series as he also contributed useful scores of 14 and 11, both unbeaten, in the two matches.

Any flickering hope that the West Indies had of getting to the target was effectively extinguished in the next over, although there was still more drama.

Captain Darren Sammy heaved at Saeed Ajmal and skied a straightforward catch that was floored in a collision between the bowler and the advancing wicketkeeper Akmal.

His luck ran out three balls later when attempting again to clear the boundary and Shahid Afridi took the catch at long-off.

“When Asian teams come to the Caribbean, maybe we shouldn’t be giving them these types of wickets,” said a disappointed Sammy in reflecting on the pitches not only for the T20s but also for the preceding ODIs in Guyana and St Lucia.

“It suited them more than it helped us. At the end of the day though, they played the better cricket.”

Tino Best blasted a couple of sixes that still kept the West Indian faithful hoping against hope.

But left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir, whose early burst accounted for Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels to catches at the wicket, ensured that Pakistan did not completely fall apart in the final over of the match.

Teams:

West Indies – D. Sammy (captain), C. Gayle, J. Charles, M. Samuels, L. Simmons, D.J. Bravo, K. Pollard, D. Sammy, C. Barnwell, S. Narine, T. Best.

Pakistan – Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Hammad Azam, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali.

Umpires: G Brathwaite and J Wilson

TV umpire: P Nero

Match referee: D Boon

Reserve umpire: D Butler